2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Call the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance boring. Call it bland. Call it the populist choice that will ensure youâ€™re forever anonymous, running round in a sea of other Volkswagen Golfs. You can call the GTI Performance all those things but thereâ€™s one other title you should also bestow upon it – the most complete, all-round hot-hatch benchmark.
Thereâ€™s no doubting the Golfâ€™s credentials when it comes to hot hatch legend – it was the first and there can only ever be one original. Recently though, there have been more pretenders to the Golfâ€™s throne than ever before, and those pretenders are more competent than theyâ€™ve ever been. Itâ€™s ironic then that the Golf GTI Performance might not be the best pure hot-hatch on the market, but it remains the best all-purpose tool.
The Performance Pack drags the base GTI ever so much closer to the range-topping Golf R, which raises another interesting point. The GTIâ€™s most vocal critics have, since the launch of the R, hammered the GTI by bleating â€˜it isnâ€™t even the best Golf in the rangeâ€™! When thatâ€™s the main line of criticism from your opponents, we reckon you can rest easy.
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